Families with low incomes in Florida who are trying to work or get training to work may be eligible for school readiness help.
The School Readiness Program offers financial assistance to low-income families for early child education and care so families can become financially self-sufficient and their young children can be successful in school in the future.
Services vary based on individual need and range from extended day to extended year and school age care in some instances.
The program takes into account a child’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development; involves parents as their child’s first teacher; prepares children to be ready for school; and gives parents information about child development and other topics of interest.
School readiness programs provide developmental screenings for children and referrals to health and educational specialists, and work in cooperation with other programs for young children such as Head Start, Early Head Start and the VPK program.
Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program or VPK is a free educational program that prepares 4-year-olds for kindergarten and beyond. Children must live in Florida and be 4 on or before September 1 of the school year they enroll. Parents can choose from private child care centers or public schools and school-year or summer programs.
Registration Process for VPK
VPK certificates for the 17-18 school year. Once you receive e-mail verification that your application has been approved, please log into your account to print your certificate.
All children who turn four (4) years old by September 1 are eligible for the school year program (540 hours) or summer program (300 hours) that is offered before the start of their Kindergarten year.
Upload residency and child date of birth verification within the application process. Please select documents from the list below:
Residency Verification – Unexpired driver’s license or ID with current physical address, full page utility bill, full page pay stub that has your current address on it, current lease agreement with tenant and landlord signatures shown, government issued document, or property tax assessment with homestead exemption documented.
Date of Birth Verification – Birth Certificate, Florida Certification of Immunization (shot record), passport, baptism certificate, military I.D., or mature life insurance policy of at least 2 years.
Please check your e-mail to receive confirmation that your documents have been received and are processing. We will contact you by phone/e-mail if additional information is needed.
Take a moment to find out important information about the VPK program by viewing the VPK Handbook in English, Spanish and Haitian (Creole).
Florida’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network or CCR&R helps families locate quality child care and early education programs. Trained specialists offer information about local child care options and develop customized lists of child care providers based on each family’s specific child care needs. Financial assistance strategies and referrals to other community resources and programs are also available.
Daytona State College
The Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) grant is a federal program of the U.S. Department of Education that assists parents with the cost of keeping their children enrolled in quality, accredited, and conveniently located child care services. Our program provides partial funding to low-income students
who are eligible to receive Pell grants and are in pursuit of post-secondary education.
Who is eligible?
Students must meet the following eligibility guidelines:
Eligible to Receive Pell Grant, and
Reside in Flagler or Volusia county, and
Have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA for continuing students or be registered as a new student, and
Enrollment in a minimum of 6.0 college-level credit hours
Must choose a child care facility on the CCAMPIS Provider list
CCAMPIS participants will be required to:
Attend ONE parent orientation
Attend TWO parent workshops
Pay weekly student support fees for child care provided
Submit monthly attendance
Complete parent surveys